Hair Transplant Scarring

Will I Have Any Scars After My Hair Transplant?

If you are proceeding with the state-of-the-art method of FUE (or follicular unit extraction) hair transplant, although a little more intensive and time-consuming, it will leave much smaller and less noticeable scars than an FUT (or strip-harvesting) hair transplant procedure.

Successfully performing a hair transplant using the FUE technique involves a great amount of concentration, the use of small punches for very minimal scarring, and an expert knowledge of transplantation techniques.


FUE vs. FUT: Scarring

The two most common extraction methods – FUE and FUT – differ drastically with regard to the scarring that is left in the donor area. An FUT or strip extraction transplant will leave a linear scar on the back of the head, whereas an FUE procedure will leave no visible scarring. The appearance of a visible scar in the donor area is typically a concern for patients. It means that you can’t wear your hair short if you don’t want people to see it. Scarring will differ from patient to patient, depending on how fast their skin tends to heal and on how tight the scalp is when the stitches are put in.

If you have an FUE procedure, the scarring is minimal and barely noticeable to the naked eye because the incisions are all made smaller than 1 mm. As long as an area has not been overharvested, the surrounding hairs will grow in around the harvested areas. It will not be noticeable that anything has been done.

We also want our patients to know how to minimise scarring. There are certain things that will affect the results of your healing. Smoking can harm your healing because it damages the body’s natural ability to heal, as it decreases oxygen in the blood stream and therefore robs the body of vital nutrients. A healthy diet with an appropriate vitamin and mineral intake is a great way to ensure healing after any surgery.

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Healthy Hair Grafts

Dr. Torgerson and our hair transplant team of nurses are meticulous and use the utmost care when extracting the follicular grafts from the patient’s donor area. The subsequent survival rate of the grafts will also depend on the care with which they are harvested and handled. So we have a large and experienced team of people involved with every hair transplant to focus on the careful handling of the grafts and therefore ensure optimal results.

Harvested grafts are vulnerable to dehydration. How the follicular units are kept while the procedure is ongoing is very important. The harvested follicular grafts are always kept moist, in a state similar to how they were when they were in the scalp, to prevent them from drying out.

Survival Rate of Hair Grafts

The follicular unit grafts that are harvested using the FUE method are more sensitive than grafts harvested using a linear strip of scalp. Understandably so, as there is much less protective tissue surrounding the individual follicular grafts.

The aim of any hair transplant is to maintain the highest survival rate possible of all the grafts, ensuring that they are not damaged during harvesting. In that way, the grafts’ success rate after they are transplanted is as high as possible.

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